Weather Official Says To Expect Heavy Snowfall
(Le Mars) — A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for northwest Iowa beginning on Tuesday morning and continuing through Wednesday evening. Todd Heitkamp, the chief meteorologist with the National Weather Services at Sioux Falls says expect the first snowflakes to fall by Tuesday mid-morning.
Heitkamp says Le Mars and all of northwest Iowa probably can expect a heavy snowfall.
The National Weather Services official says we can expect to see some drifting because of the predicted heavy snowfall and strong winds. He says visibility will be greatly reduced throughout the area. Heitkamp says a second winter storm will move into the area on Thanksgiving.
Heitkamp says the heaviest snowfall will probably occur between 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon through 11:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Federal Government Buying Homes In Flood District
MOSBY, Mo. (AP) – The small riverside town of Mosby, Missouri, is disappearing one house at a time.
After years of frequent flooding, many of its homeowners have taken voluntary buyouts funded largely through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A little over half the houses will remain after the demolitions are complete.
The buyouts are intended to lessen future flood-related costs by
demolishing homes that otherwise could keep receiving federal disaster aid or taxpayer-subsidized flood insurance.
More buyouts are likely after devastating flooding this year in the
Midwest. And even more could be necessary nationwide as climate change leads to rising seas and more intense rainstorms.
But buyouts are not always embraced. Some Mosby residents turned down the offers because the price wasn’t enough to afford a new place somewhere else.
Lawsuit Settled Following Lottery Jackpot Rigging Scandal
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A national lottery group rocked by an insider’s conspiracy to rig jackpots has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a winner who contends his $9 million prize should have been larger.
The Multi-State Lottery Association and Larry Dawson reached the settlement this month, cancelling a trial that had been set for Dec. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dawson’s lawyer, Nicholas Mauro, says terms of the deal are
confidential but his client is relieved to have the long-running litigation over.
The association, which is owned by state lotteries, didn’t immediately return messages.
Dawson, a financial adviser from Webster City, Iowa, won a $9 million Hot Lotto jackpot in 2011. His lawsuit claimed the game’s previous $16.5 million jackpot, which was rigged by association employee Eddie Tipton, should have carried over.
Tipton is serving prison time in Iowa.
Humboldt City Council Member Arrested For OWI
HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) – A city councilman in northern Iowa has been charged with drunken driving.
Humboldt County court records say 40-year-old Matthew Dominick, of Humboldt, was charged after being arrested Thursday. Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him.
Police say Dominick’s vehicle struck a parked car in Humboldt and overturned before coming to rest on its top. The sheriff’s office says Dominick’s blood alcohol content register nearly twice the legal limit.
Dominick was Humboldt’s chief of police from April 2008 to December 2009.
Dubuque Airport May Not Be Large Enough Following Renovation
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A new study says that, even after investing $37 million in a new commercial airline terminal, Dubuque Regional Airport likely will need more room and facilities to handle increased general aviation traffic
and larger regional jets.
The Telegraph Herald reports that the study comes as airport
officials plan expansion and construction needs for the next 20 years.
It says the airport has run out of hangar space, and the Federal
Aviation Administration is projecting growth in private business flights.
Todd Dalsing will become the airport director this week, and he says the old airport terminal is being razed to make space for new hangars.
The Coffman Associates study says continued growth in the University of Dubuque’s aviation program also will put pressure on the airport. The university plans to add six aircraft by the end of next year.